Golden-winged Manakin occurs in mossy cloud forests (mainly 800-2000 m altitudes) on both slopes of the northern Andes from western Venezuela to northern Peru. The male is highly distinctive – black overall with a bright yellow throat and crown, a small yellow tuft over the nares, and yellow edges to the remiges. The female is generally dull green with yellow highlights on the face and belly. The male's most common call is a single, low, buzzy note, but in display he emits a more complex series of high, thin calls and rapid buzzes while flipping, bowing, and standing erect around a mossy log on the forest floor. Like other manakins, this species feeds primarily on small fruits, which are obtained in short sallies. The nest is a cup suspended from a branch, typically over a stream.